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Sajeev
Community Manager

Community Question: What was the coolest car in your high school parking lot?

Oh to be a teenager again. 

Today's Community Question is about the place where you and your friends met before and after high school. Its the place where everyone had their car! Even if you didn't have one yourself, you'd likely wind up in the parking lot to hang out, tinker or to get into some trouble (not speaking from personal experience, mind you!).

 

The coolest car in my high school parking lot was the a brand new 1994 Camaro Z-28 a friend of mine got when he turned 18. Sure, his family was better off than most, but he wasn't snobbish about it...and he gladly took me for a ride in it after he put a 75-shot of NOS on it. I was hooked, and that six-speed Camaro in my school's parking lot was fantastic. Definitely the coolest, and I will never forget it! 

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Snailish
Engineer

My two best friends ended up both owning Mazda B2200 extended cabs (87 & 92).

 

We went everywhere and did all sorts of silly things in those trucks. Hard to believe we sat in the back "seat" for hours on end. Decades later and I can still remember the order of some of the mixed tapes we made for in those trucks.

 

So they were the coolest thing in the high school parking lot.

 

Two other friends had Ford Probes, which was funny as most didn't like them (the cars... and the one friend in hindsight) and there wasn't any other Probes around. Don't think I have seen a Ford Probe since high school.

 

I liked the brown squarebody that my friend use to borrow from his dad. There was probably a few of them in the lot at the time but that is the only one I remember --probably because I was in it a few times.

 

One rich kid had a brand new fancy Toyota of some sort, you hit your head on the back window if you were normal teenage height. He thought he/it was cool. Most of us were immune to his charm and the car.

 

One guy did have a 71 or so Olds Cutlass, that was actually cool but I think he just got to borrow it from time to time.

DUB6
Racer

   Depends on point-of-view.  The coolest to me was a friend's '56 Nomad.  The coolest to him was a different friend's brand new 4-4-2.  Probably the coolest to the most people was a teacher's A-C Shelby 427 Cobra.  Yep, the real deal.  And bought on a teacher's salary, yet!  😎

MustangJim
Technician

The coolest car in my high school parking lot....definately not mine.

It was a 69 z 28 . Acapulco blue, white stripes, 302, big cam, 2 4 barrels on a tunnel ram, 4,88 rear, 4 speed with line lock, l60 15s in the rear, skinnies up.  front. Oh, the hood scoop was one of those clear plastic ones with blue tint. 

Like I said, not mine. 

Qsouthall
Pit Crew

I think it depends on what you were in to. I was in highschool for the last 4 yrs of the 90s. People were parking in groups. For me I would say in the lowriders crowd someone and their dad built a clean Buick Regal that I believe later made it in lowrider magazine. He drove it to school every day. Cool guy! Im not sure if he still has it.

jimv
Pit Crew

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 I always thought it was my 1954  Pontiac Star Chief with my floor shift conversion Whitney’s kit automatic. It had a manual adjust 6 way seat bench and the Indian headed hood ornament. I saved it from a back row as is line on the lot. The straight eight was running with a short life sounding  loud deep down knock.  A great smooth riding slow cruiser.

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 it could have been this one that  I saved from a rusty mess converting to a 4 speed hurst shifter from an auto column shift and added 3 deuces under the hood. Hard for me to choose. I sold both of these to get this 

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 I saved it from what was thought to be a bad engine. Turned out to be valve seals and knurled valves stopped the excessive oil consumption and it came with the 3 deuces and a 4speed on a 389. Took this one to my freshman year of college. The Pontiac ownership for me continued with a Judge and a Trans Am in my future. 

class of 66 

DUB6
Racer

Great history of your Pontiac ownership - but - were ALL of these really in your high school parking lot (the topic of the question)?  If so, you were either REALLY busy working on cars, or you were in high school a LOT longer than most of us!  😅

jimv
Pit Crew

I was really busy working on cars. These were my cars for real. I had the 58 Pontiac at GMI Flint first; then sold it to get the 64 GTO convertible. Sold that to get a new 1969 Carousel Orange Judge RAIV. sold that to get a  blue 70 Trans Am RAIII sold it to get a new 70 Trans Am RAIV Lucerne Blue.   This 3rd 70 Trans Am is the last one and  I owned it for many years,  70 Lucerne Blue Trans Am, it was a points judged Gold Award POCI.  Sold it to to help purchase a second home near my Son in Portland, Oregon.

 

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 the time in class in high school moved slowly and the time for working and working on cars was too short. 

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DUB6
Racer

Well I am impressed for real.  I could barely scrap together enough cast to buy tires for a clapped-out '55 Chevy for at least two of my high school years.  You were workin' for certain!  😁

AyeSea65
Pit Crew

I was a freshman, so I don't know whose car it was, but a bright orange 57 Chevy really stood out with shinning chrome and Crager's. The one thing made it stand out among the others was what he had painted in the rear quarter, "Magnificent 7" with the '7' matching the same angles as the pointy fin. That in of itself made it even more magnificent. It made all the other cars disappear. That was around 1970.

autowriter
Advanced Driver

My high school didn't have a parking lot.  The few students who drove cars to school just parked on the streets.  There were the usual customs and such, but the Coolest car to me was a 1928 or 1929 Whippet, owned by the son of a local automobile junk yard owner.  That was Style writ large!  There was a white/red 1960 Impala 2-door hardtop that caught my eye, but eventually we discovered it was a Powerglide 6-cylinder, so its coolness quotient diminished quickly.  The guys parents didn't want him to have a fast car.

autowriter
Advanced Driver

Now in the teachers' lot, the coolest by far was a 1956 Morgan +4, in blue.  

vjh
Pit Crew

The twins, the Duncan brothers, Jimmy and Johnny, had a 1955 chevy stepside pick up. Back in those day, you could buy a L-88 crate engine. Guess what happen??? Backed by a M-22 rock crusher and 15 in wide tire and headers "un-capped" most of the time when they came to school, it was a girl grabber. And she had to sit in the middle between them .........

kenlichtig
Pit Crew

I graduated High School in 1971.  Most beautiful car in the Faculty Parking Lot was a 1971 Ford T-Bird Landau, Black Vinyl Top, White with White Leather Interior

topside
Instructor

Granada Hills High School in CA. One guy - can't recall his name - had a dark green GTX in '68 and kept it immaculate. The next (graduation) year, he was driving a light yellow '69 Charger R/T. With Hemi badges. Also immaculate. Another classmate - last name Garber - had a '68 Hemi Road Runner in late '67. I was something of an underachiever (though approximately more average) with my '64 Corvair...

Geno
Pit Crew

My HS years were67, 68, & 69. What a time for classic muscle. We had 67 Vette 427/435, 69 Z28, 442, GTOs, Chargers, Barracuda, Mustangs, SS 396, and the list goes on. What a great time to be a kid!!

eurovin
Pit Crew

First one that comes to mind for me is a split window pop-top Westfalia, but it might have something to do with the girl who drove it...  We're talking the late 60s here.

BossGreg
Detailer

Late 70's had plenty of spoiled rich kids with new Z28's and Trans Ams. Best was a 69 GT500(made it to the yearbook) and he also had a 69 Boss both pristine and in Calypso Coral, unfortunately he inherited them from his dad. My 70 Mach I in Calypso Coral wasn't too bad either. I have a Loaded 71 Mach 1 in grabber blue I was told was the envy of the high school parking lot in the early 1970's in Long Island

PDMRCAING
Intermediate Driver

70 Chevelle  SS396 Red with Black stripes. 1st day in a new school & I was in the car guy lot. I knwe i was in the right place when one hot car after another came in & did a dougnut , This cat comes in & does huge burnout & slidesit into a parking space. We are still friends 45 years later

jwkoskela
Pit Crew

Around 1962 the coolest car was about a 1953 Studebaker coupe with a Chrysler hemi.  The hood had bulges to clear the valve covers, air cleaner, etc. One of my friends had a 1960 Thunderbird with a 430 that he drove to school was pretty cool and fast!  He got a 1962 Buick Electra convertible as a graduation present that was very cool.  His parents had money. 

Snailish
Engineer

That Studebaker would have been something to see (and hear most likely).

autowriter
Advanced Driver

While I was in junior high, one of the teachers had a white '53 Studebaker with a Cadillac engine.  Those were called Studillacs at the time, and were considered to be very fast.

Hugh1
Pit Crew

A yellow 1965 Mustang GT with black interior, 4-speed and Crager chrome mags all around.

 

dmopars
Intermediate Driver

I graduated high school (Stafford, Va.) in 1981, but have lots of fond memories of the parking lot over the years. So many nice, real muscle cars and plenty of jacked-up Novas, Mustangs, etc. But the cream of the crop was a black 70 Chevelle SS 454 (unsure if LS5 or LS6) with “Back in Black” scripted on the trunk, a red Trans Am SD455 with an air-brushed hood bird, a primered GTO (rumored to be a Judge) and a gorgeous Cortez silver 69 Camaro alleged to measure fuel consumption in gallons per mile. But my favorite of all was a friend’s Dodge Dart Sport 340, light powder blue with deep dish slot wheels and slicks. At the time, I was driving a 74 Dodge Charger SE Brougham with a factory sunroof. 

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rs6er
Intermediate Driver

My spoiled friend Ivan’s first generation white Mustang Fastback 289. I graduated in ‘65. 

vette427400
New Driver

It was 1971 and a buddy and I BOTH had Dads that owned Body Shops in Chicago Suburbs - we had access to some mildly totaled performance cars

 

- I rebuilt a totaled 1957 Belaire with 283 Power Pack (converted it to a Muncie 4 Speed)

repainted it 1969 Vette Can Am white

- he rebuilt a totaled 1964 Chevelle SS Marina Blue and put a junk yard 396 and Muncie 4 Speed

 

We drove those cars VERY hard - and we worked on them all the time adding Cal Custom Valve Covers and headers, etc, etc.

Ken_L
Detailer

1972, a classmate and his two older brothers installed a 427 big block into a 1968 Nova. He would drive it to school one or twice a week when the weather was good.

It was built and had loud exhaust (sounded great), so everyone knew when he arrived at the parking lot. 

BobMack
Pit Crew

Picky Brooks had an orange Pontiac GTO 2 Door Hardtop "The Judge", and Warren Wrens had a convertible Chevy Chevelle SS 396, metallic blue with wide white racing stripes.  Bob Casey had a 429 Ford Torino Cobra with a snakeskin hood scoop, fastest ride anywhere, and he could drive it.  All '69s.  Another fav was the black and gold 427 '57 Chevy Nomad that my classmate built and restored on his own, engine, body, the works. 

Ofbsac
New Driver

65 gto

olesoc
New Driver

April of 1970 Rick Sells came to high school his senior year in a new LS-6 70 Chevelle. Silver. Non of us had ever heard of a 450 horse 454. Wow . He blew the doors off of a junior who had a new 383 4 speed Road Runner. Good time to be young.

GrapeApe
New Driver

It was in the early 90's, but my friends had a C5 Corvette, a convertible Cavalier Z24, a '65 Mustang (v6), '82 Trans-AM and an IROC-Z. (While I had my hand-me-down '84 4dr Cutlass Supreme!).  BUT the coolest thing was when one kid's dad picked him up in there Ferrari F40!!!

Studebacher
Intermediate Driver

My Austin FX4D, of course.

(The ubiquitous London taxicab, had roughly 300k miles on it, and right hand drive.)

Iamhappy
New Driver

1961 Pontiac Ventura, blue with silver side trim! 4 on the floor! Tommy Lasorda's kid owned it. Yes he went to my high school.

GrahamB
New Driver

There were two cars of note in our high school (North Eugene) parking lot.  Both were 65 GTOs.  One was owned by a Senior who was drafted into MBL and chose a Montero Red 65 with a 4 speed as his 'signing bonus'.  The other was a Mayfair Maize with a black vinyl top/black interior 4 speed owned by a Sophomore! who had just gotten his license.  His parents owned a Motel in Eugene and this was a 'gift' for helping run the Motel.  Note:  My future wife worked at the desk at that motel her Freshman year of college!  Quite the pair of GOATS!! 

Studebacher
Intermediate Driver

My AUSTIN FX4D, of course!

Stretch68
New Driver

A couple of rich kids dad gave their kids a '71 Super Bird 440 automatic and a '71 Cougar Eliminator. Of course I had my self built '30 Model "A" Towne Sedan. At my previous high school, my driver's ed instructor was the school librarian who drive a Hugger Orange '69 Z/28.

js100
Detailer

In the teacher's lot there was a Volvo 1800 "wagon", a Saab sports car and a pair of Shelby Mustangs.  The kid's lot included a pair of Hurst Cutlass convertibles, black & white, a new Maserati (a birthday gift) and a pair of COPO Buicks driven by the Kettering twins (yup, his grandkids).  The best was the kid who arrived in a chauffeur driven Rolls every day. Some serious money in the families at that school.  Me, my Mom's brown Country Squire (at least it had the 429).  

JSievers
Instructor

Not to brag (too much), but I had the coolest car in my high school parking lot although it was not widely recognized as such. As a senior in 1972 I had a 1970 1/2 Ram Air III Trans Am at a time when almost no one knew what a Trans Am was. It easily outhandled all the heavy metal muscle cars and was faster than all but a few. Wish I had never gotten rid of it, but hindsight is always 20/20. 

sixtieskid
Intermediate Driver

I think the question should be: What are some of the coolest cars........How can you pick just one? I graduated in 1978. At that time, there were so many cars that had already been thrashed and sold for just a few hundred bucks: 67 Charger 383 that my parents would not let me buy for $200! 66 Hemi Belvedere with 42K. Friends uncle wanted $1000 - I only had $700 so I ended up with a 68 Roadrunner coupe 383 auto. Some of the nicer cars in the Senior lot were: 70 Cuda 340 4 Speed, blue with white interior. Rumor is that it is still in the hands of same owner. Tripe black 71 Cuda 440 auto with billboards. 69 Firebird 400 4 speed. 69 Super Bee 383 4 speed. Lots of Mustangs and Camaros. In 78, an acquaintance was Graduation Gifted with a 77 Pontiac Can Am which survived about 6 months before being totaled. Also lost to a tree was a really nice 67 GTX  440 4 speed. Where do I stop?

Passitbob
Pit Crew

I agree with sixtieskid.I Was fortunate to graduate in 1972. Our high school was outside Phila. Overcrowded with 3500 students. Where do I start. Mustang Mach 1’s in orange, early Z28 Camaro’s, all kinds of mopars including Hemi’s. A late 50’s Vette with a fresh Z28 motor from Reedman motors. A 67 Nova SS with a Z28 motor. 1970 340 duster in blue and white, headers and 4.10 or 4.56 gears. A teacher drove a 1969 AMX with a 390 and the go pack. Foreign cars included lots of beetles, many modified. Big Healeys, another teacher had a Datsun 2000 with Webers. My close friends cars were a 1962 Nova and a 1970 GTX. The Nova had been a beautiful low mileage 4 door with a 6 cylinder and auto. We put in a 1965 fuel injected 327 from a Vette that had a big Holley on it and a 4 speed.  The GTX was Yellow and black. 440, six pack and 4.10 gears. I had a 1970 Honda 750, headers and rejetted carbs. It was faster than most of those cars from a roll. I could go on for awhile. What a great time for car nut.

silverado
Intermediate Driver

It was the fall of 1964. I just turned 14 and had a drivers license. I was drooling over all the new chevys. Especially the new model malibu supersports. One day at noon hour a couple of friends and I went outside. There shining brightly sat a new white malibu ss. Us car guys were in aw of this beautiful white 327 4 speed with a black interior. It turned out to be our science teachers. Very Kewl 

dvrogers
New Driver

It was 1959 and the car was a slammed, black '57 Nomad...and it was mine!

Ronwake
Pit Crew

In my 1956 Mineola, Texas graduating class, I was the hands-down winner with my 1950 MG TD roadster.032563BF-A227-4864-948E-D49FC8E95FCE.jpeg

Garth1
New Driver

1968 Mustang Convert, 1968 Fairlane 428cj,1969 390 Mach 1, 1970 351 Mach 1 , 67 340 Cuda, 1970 383 RT Challenger , 1974 Blazer 4x4, All Mine! All purchased for less than $2500 each! Grad 1978, SWC, Calgary Alberta

DUB6
Racer

Seven cars?  How many dang years did you spend in High School anyway?  😋

Zephyr
Technician

By far the coolest car in the College Park High parking lot in 1964 was the 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang driven by the daughter of the local Ford dealer. She got the first one ever seen in our area, probably before they were actually being sold. 

moemechanic
New Driver

I agree with sixtieskid. How can you pick just one? I was in high school 72-75, and the lot was full of five to ten year old cars. Mustangs, Camaros, Malibus, Chevelles, a couple of Roadrunners, Beetles, Karman Ghias, an Austin Healey, two TR6s and a TR4, some MGs, my 56 Fairlane, a 55 and a 56 Chevy and some early sixties Impalas, I could go on and on. All cool cars now, but the were just cheap used (but still cool) cars back then.

 

Greg
New Driver

One of my classmates was driving his dad's new purple '72 Dodge Challenger 440 6 pack to school because of the lousy fuel economy. He said he'd get 4mpg if he took it easy, but gas was only 39 cents per gallon back then. BY FAR the most amazing car for me to drool on was when the band showed up for the high school dance in the green '70 Roadrunner Superbird, with their gear van painted a matching green! If I win the lottery THAT will be first on my list!

BobA
Pit Crew

This is an easy one. A yellow 1969 Camaro Z/28 owned by one of the teachers. The second I saw it for the first time, brand new and shiny in the parking lot, I was smitten. Pure car porn to a 17 year old boy. To this day I can close my eyes and picture it. I'm sure this was a large part of the reason I eventually bought a new yellow-orange 1978 Z/28 and still have it to this day. Here it is:IMG_0928sm.jpg

SAG
Technician

'55 Chevy w/ 6" drop spindles, 2 Carb / Tunnel Ram